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the soldiers are gone but the tank tracks remain

Our only public footpath is under threat because planning permission has been obtained by Durham County Council to build over a section of it.  This will destroy part of the traditional route along the tank tracks which cross the site of the former WW2 Stainton Camp. 
Stainton Camp was one of 5 camps sited in the area of Broomielaw Railway Station which was formerly the private station for the Bowes family at Streatlam Castle.  The other camps were at Barford, Humbleton, Streatlam and Westwick.
All of the other tank tracks have already been stopped up.
The site of the development is bounded on three sides by, and bisected by, an unrecorded public right of way - grid reference from NZ 072 178 to NZ 073 179.  A council employee (JS) was of the opinion that: "It's not as if it was a Roman site".  

Many would say that there is room in history for all of us.

It is likely that a Public Inquiry will be held to decide if the route can be diverted. 

This site is a work in progress.  It features a timeline of events which impacted on our only footpath.  At present this timeline covers from January 1993 to 2014 and will be added to, as and when, up to the present day.

Click here to find out more about what happened

A view from the threatened section of the footpath

'There has not been any consultation with the people of Stainton Grove, which was promised by

Durham County Council' - a Teesdale District Councillor. (81) Darlington & Stockton Times, August 9 2002


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Our heritage is who we are today; we are the only ones who can protect it.

The law locks up the man or woman,
Who steals the goose from off the common,
But leaves the greater villain loose,
Who steals the common from the goose.

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